Scalar 2 User's Guide

Timeline Widget

The Timeline widget will display content in your Scalar book chronologically via an interactive timeline. All items to be displayed must include dcterms:temporal or dcterms:date in the format month, day, year, hour, minute, second (which can be added using the 'Metadata' tab in the page editor). To learn more about adding temporal metadata to items in your Scalar book, see the section on our Timeline Layout.

To add a Timeline widget, click on either the linked or inline widget button in the WYSIWYG editor and then choose “Timeline” from the widget options. Next, use the content selector to choose an item or selection of items to be displayed in the timeline. One can choose individual items at will. One can also choose paths and tags and include the items they contain or tag, respectively, by ticking the box under “Include Children” for that item in the content selector. Additionally, one can populate Scalar’s Timeline widget with content external to the Scalar project in which it appears. To do so, simply select the “External URL” tab in the content selector for the Timeline widget and paste in the url to a Google Sheet containing properly formatted references to content (Scalar’s Timeline widget is powered by Timeline.js which is ordinarily populated using an appropriately formatted Google Sheet. See here, for details.)

Finally, select your formatting options for the widget. If you’d like to include descriptive or explanatory text below the widget, choose “Custom text” under “Caption” and enter it there.

The Timeline widget is powered by Timeline.JS built by the wonderful people at Knight Lab.

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